Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Artichoke!


Steven Weiss of Beadsmith invited me to create using the new Miyuki Baroque beads and a beautiful Golem Cabochon.  I really enjoyed working with both, and am happy with my results!  There is an entire fB page devoted to this awesome Golem/Miyuki combination. and I invite you to view all the beatuiful design work here!


I loved the Golem cabochon, by Vladislav Ivanov, and (thanks to percise calibration on his part) I was able to begin with a most magical number in my bezel base row, 96, that divides evenly FOUR times and is also divide-able by 3, 4, 6 and 12.  I was in 7th heaven.  (Wonder why heaven is seventh?  Primes are abysmal beady numbers!)  So because it was possible to do so, I got totally carried away with that bezel, allowing the cab imagery to dictate my progress.  I think the result kinda blends with the cab to the point of visual question about where one ends and the other begins.  After I had played for a few rounds, I decided I would cover the through hole, and just feature the beadweaving and the gorgeous Golem graphics.


Then I created my strap, using a base of my favorite stitch triangle weave and embellishing with square stitch, and variations thereof.  I was happy to add a few super duo beads to the mix and  was really pleased with the Miyuki Baroque beads.  The texture is almost that of a Baroque pearl, and somehow makes it possible for the result to have both a relaxed and an elegant feel.  Pearls themselves are really hard to dress down, so what a great finish!

 
After working the strap, I wanted to add some of the drop components to the bezel, but didn't really want the focal piece to get bigger.  In playing with the embellishment, I discovered a way to make the drop components curl back over the cab, and the result looked like an artichoke to me, hence the name for the work!
 
 
I also loved the Golem maker's mark, and wanted to be sure it was visible in my end result, so here it is for you to see.  Now I need to go and shopping and find the perfect thing to wear with this for the Bead and Button show!  I think my little olive accent beads should inform that purchase! 

22 comments:

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    1. Thanks so much. The Golem cab and the new Miyuki beads were great to work with!

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  2. An astonishing project! The cab really melts together with the beadwoven bezel, and I love the necklace construction too - how many different types of bead in here!

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  3. Oh my how fabulous!! You make the most gorgeous things, Marsha - and as usual, it's innovative and superb both visually and technically; I am dying over the curled over drops!!!!!! I hadn't heard at all of the baroque beads, and of course now am needing them desperately, lol. ;) What a beautiful construction!! :D

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    1. Nancy, thank you. You are do kind to me! I am really looking forward to working with these pretty beads and this idea again!

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  4. Marsha that piece is stunning, I love how you've beaded around that gorgeous cab, the beading compliments it beautifully

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  5. That is just beautiful Marsha. It accents the cabochon perfectly- just an overall gorgeous piece!

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    1. I am blushing. Thank you Betty. There is just nothing better than respect and positive reinforcement from our peers and those we admire. Thank you All!

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  6. Breathtaking.

    As usual your work sings. All of the components fit well together- color and shape and your work is well executed.

    You are an inspiration.

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    1. Kathy Jo, Thank you! I'm lookinng forward to seeing how "Blue Eyes" turns out. :)

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    1. Callie, thank you so much. I am anxiously awaiting your return to your beadwork, and hope all is going well with you!

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  8. Just beautiful! Two of my favorite artists together ;). Perfect treatment of the cab and the necklace is graceful yet...like you said, relaxed.

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    1. Chris, Thank you! It sounds like you really knocked Steven Weiss back on his heels with your BotB work (not an easy thing to do!) and I am super excited to see your piece!

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  9. Looove the artichoke effect! The whole piece is also gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much! The artichoke bit was serendipitous!

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